Brunswick social club
Brunswick Social Club has been set up by people with learning difficulties for people with learning difficulties driven by their frustrations about their limited social life and their wish to build friendships. The project enables people to enjoy a richer social life. It offers support and training and strives for increasing inclusion. People with learning difficulties run their own administration groups and planning of events based at York CVS, supported by staff and volunteers.
Their motto is: Freedom, Friends and Fun
The Social Club builds on Brunswick's belief that we all deserve opportunities to contribute, learn, develop and change and that our relationships are at the heart of how to achieve this. This allows for a creative space shaped by the people coming into contact with the Brunswick Social Club. The drivers are people's passions, hopes and aspirations as well as their frustrations and the injustices we come across.
The Social Club is a structure which provides a necessary stepping-stone to enable people with learning difficulties to access life like everybody else. However, people's wish to participate in dancing, acting and performing has proven hard to achieve in a mainstream context with the resources the Social Club has available. Hence, it decided to set up a community performance group called Chilli BON BON. It is NOT a 'special needs' group engaging with dance but a dance group who happens to have a high proportion of people with learning difficulties because it was hard for them to dance in main stream dance groups.
Chilli BON BON uses sound, music, movement, film, dance, silence, tears and laughter to develop our work. We actively collaborate with other artists, performers and other organisations. Many hours are spent working creatively as a group exploring who we are in the group and who we are in relation to each other. This forms a strong bond within the group and ensures community building on many levels.
Chilli BON BON echo's the assumptions the Social Club is built on:
All of these points support realising the Brunswick Social Club's motto: Freedom, Friends and Fun
Please find a link to a short film about Chilli BON BON reflecting what the Brunswick Social Club is all about: Click here for Chilli BON BON film
Brunswick's Social Club currently operates on a very small scale and we do not have the funding at the moment to ensure that we can offer the support that every individual might need. We are open to everybody who shares an interest in any of the activities we do. If you are quite independent, or have people in your life who support you with social arrangements, then there are a number of different activities you might want to check out. We are very happy to work with people with learning difficulties and their PA's or other paid staff or families to join in with our events. The social club is very aware that transport is a big issue for many people. We are limited in how much we can help with this due to funding, but we try wherever we can.
The Social Club is based at York CVS, 15 Priory Street, York tel 01904 701869 option 3: Brunswick Social Club
Here are some of the aims the Brunswick Social Club aspires to: